Chesterfield Meth Trafficker Sentenced

Chesterfield Man Convicted of Trafficking Methamphetamine

September 11, 2018 - 3:03 pm

RICHMOND, Va. – A federal district court judge convicted a Chesterfield County man following a bench trial today on a charge of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, John Jason Morgan, 47, had an outstanding arrest warrant for violating a term of supervised release from a 2006 federal conviction for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. When arrested on that warrant in September 2017, Morgan had 4.5 grams of methamphetamine in his pants pocket and more than 19 grams of methamphetamine in a safe in his truck. Along with the sheer quantity of methamphetamine that was much greater than an amount typically possessed for personal use, Morgan had scales, packaging materials and other items that indicated distribution activities. 

Morgan faces a minimum of five years a maximum of 40 years in prison when sentenced on December 13. Additionally, Morgan faces up to five years in prison on the federal supervised release violation. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.